Several print books address this same question in far better ways.



A parent answers a young child’s question, sharing about how babies are made and develop.

Operating within a very traditional framework, this story begins by describing how “mommy and daddy met each other and fell in love.” Soothing background music and sound effects complement gentle narration and soft illustrations. Easy-to-use controls allow readers to choose narration and text in eight different languages: Russian, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese or Chinese. After readers pass through a parental lock (a simple arithmetic problem), they learn about how a woman’s “cell” and a man’s “seed” are needed to make a baby. “Once daddy’s seed found it's [sic] way into mommy’s tummy and met with mommy’s cell. They came together and that’s how you were conceived.” Throughout, the narrative chooses to avoid simple anatomical terms such as uterus, egg and sperm. Illustrations show a white man and woman more or less realistically naked, but when readers tap them, they move their hands to cover their private parts. This simple interactive element reinforces, probably unintentionally, the message that the simple facts of reproduction and development are shameful. Readers would be better served by Robie H. Harris and Nadine Bernard Westcott’s What's in There (2013), which uses clear, direct, anatomically correct language. The use of the second-person direct address in conjunction with Caucasian characters is also problematic.

Several print books address this same question in far better ways. (Requires iOS 6 and above.) (iPad informational app. 2-5)

Pub Date: Oct. 20, 2014


Page Count: -

Publisher: Studio 158

Review Posted Online: Dec. 6, 2014

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15, 2014

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Beloved Little Blue takes a bit of the mystery—and fear—out of Halloween costumes.


A lift-the-flap book gives the littlest trick-or-treaters some practice identifying partygoers under their costumes.

Little Blue Truck and his buddy Toad are off to a party, and they invite readers (and a black cat) along for the ride: “ ‘Beep! Beep! Beep!’ / says Little Blue. / ‘It’s Halloween!’ / You come, too.” As they drive, they are surprised (and joined) by many of their friends in costume. “Who’s that in a tutu / striking a pose / up on the tiniest / tips of her toes? / Under the mask / who do you see?” Lifting the flap unmasks a friend: “ ‘Quack!’ says the duck. / ‘It’s me! It’s me!’ ” The sheep is disguised as a clown, the cow’s a queen, the pig’s a witch, the hen and her chick are pirates, and the horse is a dragon. Not to be left out, Little Blue has a costume, too. The flaps are large and sturdy, and enough of the animals’ characteristic features are visible under and around the costumes that little ones will be able to make successful guesses even on the first reading. Lovely curvy shapes and autumn colors fade to dusky blues as night falls, and children are sure to notice the traditional elements of a Halloween party: apple bobbing, lit jack-o’-lanterns, and punch and treats.

Beloved Little Blue takes a bit of the mystery—and fear—out of Halloween costumes. (Board book. 2-4)

Pub Date: July 5, 2016

ISBN: 978-0-544-77253-3

Page Count: 16

Publisher: HMH Books

Review Posted Online: July 20, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1, 2016

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This TV rerun in board-book form has nothing new to offer.


From the Peppa Pig series

Peppa hopes to join her classmates in a Halloween pumpkin competition in this adaptation of a story from the popular British television program Peppa Pig.

With the help of Granny and Grandpa Pig, Peppa turns her giant pumpkin, which is the size of a compact car, into a jack-o’-lantern. The trio is flummoxed when it comes time to transport the pumpkin to the competition, so they call on Miss Rabbit and her helicopter to airlift the pumpkin to the festivities as Peppa and her grandparents ride inside. Peppa arrives just in time for the contest and wins the prize for best flying pumpkin. The scenes look as if they are pulled directly from the television show, right down to the rectangular framing of some of the scenes. While the story is literally nothing new, the text is serviceable, describing the action in two to three sentences per page. The pumpkin-shaped book and orange foil cover will likely attract youngsters, whether they are Peppa fans or not.

This TV rerun in board-book form has nothing new to offer. (Board book. 2-4)

Pub Date: July 30, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-338-33922-2

Page Count: 10

Publisher: Scholastic

Review Posted Online: Sept. 24, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15, 2019

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